Being injured at work can leave you facing quite a quandary – not only are you likely to be in considerable pain, and worrying about the financial impact of being unable to work as you recover, you may also have some concerns about pursuing compensation from your employers, and the impact that may have on your job. You should know that California law, as applies in Palm Springs and surrounding areas, prohibits your employer from taking retaliatory action because you have sought the damages you are entitled to following a work injury. As our Palm Springs work injury attorney can confirm during your initial consultation, we have the legal knowledge and expertise required to ensure you receive both the medical treatment and financial settlement you deserve.
What Is a Workplace Injury?
Despite what the name may suggest, the term “workplace injuries” does not only relate to those accidents and other incidents that may occur in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an exhaustive, and lengthy, list of what constitutes a workplace injury. In general terms, this includes injuries and illnesses sustained on site, traffic accidents while you are in a work-related vehicle, exposure to toxic substances, and conditions caused by repetitive motions. A work injury or illness does not need to be immediately apparent as, for example, if you fall ill at home following exposure to a substance at work, this will still qualify.
Some of the most frequent injuries encountered by our Palm Springs work injury attorneys while working on behalf of clients include:
- Being trapped between objects or machinery
- Carpal tunnel
- Construction accidents
- Crushed limbs
- Electrical shock and burns
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Vision and hearing loss
What You Should Know About Palm Springs Work Injuries
OSHA statistics confirm that two workplace fatalities were reported in 2017, one resulting from being crushed by a vehicle, and the other from a gas explosion. California as a whole saw 108 fatal work injuries occur over the course of the year.
Other key points relating to work injuries include:
- California had the fourth-lowest number of fatal work injuries in 2016, with a total of 376 deaths
- The number of fatal work accidents nationwide has been steadily increasing over the past several years
- Conversely, Riverside and San Bernardino counties saw their figures decrease by around 8% in 2016
- In terms of the most at-risk worker, statistics suggest that a male, aged between 45 and 54, who has been employed by a company for over 5 years and works in agriculture, logging, mining, or construction is most likely to sustain a work injury
- The most common types of injuries are sprains, strains, and tears affecting the upper extremities or the trunk
With a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience at our disposal, a Palm Springs work injury attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP could ensure you receive the medical treatment and compensation you deserve. For your free initial consultation, call us today on 619-630-0205.